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February 2008 edition

Collaboration supplies the key to unlocking next generation expertise

Involvement in collaborative research and the development of an integrated network of suppliers are key to Bombardier Belfast's strategic plan to expand its capabilities at the centre of key aerospace technologies.

Colin Elliott, vice-president of engineering and business development, explains: "We are involved in a number of European and national R&D programmes, ranging from smaller, basic research projects with universities through to large-scale, integrated technology demonstrations with major collaborative industrial partnerships. Also, as a site, we have made significant progress over the last three years towards better integrating suppliers and service providers into our business. Many processes are now managed by the suppliers, and several million dollars of inventory has been removed from the factory."

The savings result from a strong focus on removing cost and waste from the supply chain as well as refining workforce organisation. Bombardier Belfast is involved in the Supply Chain for the 21st Century (SC21) initiative. "We are making good progress towards achieving a more competitive U.K. supply chain," Elliott reports. "But as the momentum continues, we need to encourage more companies to sign up to the initiative and roll it out to the global supply chain. By working together on a single supplier development programme, we are creating a more open, transparent r....

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